Former al-Shabaab leader condemns Somalia attack

2017-10-16 19:05
A screen grab taken from a video of a masked man from terror group al-Shabaab calling for attacks on Western malls. (Newsy World, Youtube)

A screen grab taken from a video of a masked man from terror group al-Shabaab calling for attacks on Western malls. (Newsy World, Youtube)

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WATCH: Scenes from Somalia truck explosion; more than 300 killed

2017-10-16 13:23

A truck bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia, has killed more than 300 people. The death toll is set to rise as rescuers continue to recover bodies in the city. WATCH

Mogadishu - A former leader of the al-Shabaab extremist group who surrendered to Somalia's government earlier this year has condemned Saturday's bombing that killed more than 300 people.

Sheikh Mukhtar Robow called the deadliest-ever attack in Somalia an "irreligious" and "heartless" act. The truck bomb targeted a crowded street in Mogadishu.

Somalia's government has blamed al-Shabaab, which has yet to comment on the attack.

Robow's surrender followed by a decision by the Trump administration, which removed him from the "most wanted list" of terrorist suspects run by the State Department's "Rewards for Justice" program in June.

Read more on:    al shabaab  |  somalia  |  east africa

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